Consensus key to new Constitution,says Mwaba


DIALOGUE which will lead to a consensus is key in the enactment of a new Constitution, former Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) secretary general Roy Mwaba has said.

And Mr Mwaba said he would like to continue serving Zambia in a different capacity which he would next month announce.

Addressing journalists in Lusaka, Mr Mwaba said there was need for Government and stakeholders to dialogue on the constitution-making process.

He said there was need for everyone to put heads together and dialogue on the need to enact a new Constitution.

Mr Mwaba said it would be dangerous to have one institution championing the agenda on the constitution-making process and ignoring other stakeholders.

He said the Constitution was not for Government or a single institution but for all Zambians, hence the need to have consensus over its enactment.

Mr Mwaba said without consensus and dialogue everyone’s efforts would be in vein.

“So the key is to have a Constitution enacted through consensus and dialogue. Stakeholders must be engaged in discussion of the enactment process,” he said.

And Mr Mwaba, who is also Zambia National Union of Teachers vice-president, said this was his last term and would not stand in the next elective AGM.

“I am currently reflecting and praying to God over my next decision which I will announce next month,” Mr Mwaba said.

He said he had not yet attained the retirement age but would like to do something else in order to continue serving the nation.

Mr Mwaba said he was still young and energetic, adding that if he decided to stay away from serving the nation he would not be fair to the country.

He said he had done a lot in the labour movement and all he wanted was to do something else but in line with serving the nation.

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